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Dutch suspect's father released



Published: Mon, June 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The party boat disc jockey held in the case has also been ordered released.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruban police freed the father of a Dutch suspect arrested in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager, the man's wife said, hours after a party boat disc jockey held in the case was ordered released.

Anita van der Sloot said the most important thing for her now "is that my son comes [out] free."

No immediate comment was available from officials about the release of Paul van der Sloot, 52, a high-ranking justice official who is studying to be a judge on the Dutch Caribbean island.

Earlier Sunday, a judge also ordered police to release Steven Gregory Croes, the party boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, saying authorities did not have enough evidence against him, the man's lawyer said.

Croes, 26, was one of five people held in the case of the 18-year-old young woman last seen in the early hours of May 30. No one has been charged in the case, including the last person reportedly seen with her, 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot.

Lack of evidence

"A little bit of the nightmare clouds are now disappearing," Anita van der Sloot told The Associated Press. "The truth will always come forward. From the beginning, I trusted everything would be fine."

Searches for Holloway have been fruitless.

Croes, who was detained June 17, will be released Monday, said his lawyer, Eleni Lotter-Homan. He is a disc jockey on the party boat Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming and docks near the Holiday Inn hotel where Holloway had been staying on Aruba, a Dutch protectorate.

"The judge agreed there is not enough proof he was involved to keep holding him," Lotter-Homan said.

Paul van der Sloot was arrested Thursday as a suspect for collaborating in a crime with his son, according to his lawyer A.J. Swan.

Still jailed are the young van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18. Under Dutch law, a suspect can be held for up to 116 days without charge if a judge decides police have good reason.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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